Markets Rally For Five Days Straight, U.S. Government Remains Shut Down

  • DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK: At least, not yet. The markets rallied this week, posting the first five-day-long gain since September, CNBC reports. 

  • SHUTDOWN UPDATE: The ongoing government shutdown isn't just costing federal workers their paychecks. It could also cost the United States its triple-A credit rating, according to Axios

  • HE'S NOT RUNNING: Ex-hedge fund executive Tom Steyer held a press conference this week to announce that he is focusing on impeaching President Donald Trump instead of running for president, Institutional Investor reports. 

  • #METOO: Have you been watching Surviving R. Kelly? The Lifetime series is returning the focus of the #metoo movement to black women and girls, which according to one New York Times opinion piece, is where the focus should remain. 

  • FED FEAR: Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that he is worried about the growing pile of debt in the United States, CNBC reports.